Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Erv Lind Stadium

Erv Lind Stadium, located at NE 57th and Halsey in Portland, will serve as the home field of the Portland State softball team for the 31st season in 2011.

Built in 1948, the stadium was named in honor of Erv Lind on July 16, 1965, a year after his death. A well-known local florist, he was also the coach and manager of Portland’s best known women’s softball team, the Erv Lind Florists, for 28 years. He led the team to the ASA national titles in 1944 and 1964.

An annual award is named after Lind and is given each year to the Outstanding Defensive Player in the ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. Lind was also elected to the Northwest Region Hall of Fame in 1984.

While serving as the Vikings’ home field, Portland State hosted the 1991 NCAA Division II West Regionals at the site. The Vikings rolled through the regional, going 4-1 and giving up just two runs over five games. PSU opened with a 2-0 defeat of Cal Poly and after losing to Humboldt State, 1-0, to move to the losers bracket, the Vikings bounced back with a 8-0 victory over Chapman. They then defeated Humboldt State, 7-1 and 7-0, to advance to the NCAA DII Final Four in Midland, Mich.

The Vikings gained full-time access to the stadium in 2001, allowing the team to conduct practices at the facility. Heavy play from high schools and leagues in previous years prevented the Vikings from using the stadium for practice. In the fall of 2006, a new Diamond Pro surface was installed at the stadium. Diamond Pro is a vitrified clay (expanded shale and clay) product applied to the skinned areas of baseball and softball fields to enrich color, improve drainage, reduce rain delays, limit compaction, improve safety and create an all-around safe, professional infield playing surface. The Diamond Pro surface is used in some capacity in most Major League Baseball stadiums.

In 2006, Portland State went a perfect 14-0 at home en route to claiming their first ever Pacific Coast Softball Conference title and first trip to the NCAA Division I tournament. Over the past five seasons, the Vikings have parlayed their home field advantage into a 59-22 record, including a 44-7 mark in PCSC home games. During that span, Portland State has outscored opponents 359-172 overall and 263-90 in conference contests.

Last spring, the Vikings won all 12 of their PCSC home games, outscoring the opposition 105-37. On March 27, 2010, a new attendance record was set when Portland State hosted defending national champion and top-ranked Washington for a doubleheader. An overfill crowd of 1,280 fans left no seat empty and with a line of over 200 people waiting outside of the gate one hour before first pitch, it made for a special day in the history of both PSU softball and Erv Lind Stadium.
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